Telkom has announced the completion of 4G/LTE network expansion to the Coast and Lower Easter region of Kenya. The network is now accessible across Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Taita Taveta in the coastal region. In the lower Eastern region, Makueni, Machakos, Kitui and Kajiado counties are also covered
The company says the 4G/LTE expansion to these regions is a key milestone within its nationwide rollout plan together with partners Ericsson and NEC XON. Last year, Telkom set to add 2,000 4G sites by 2023.
The rollout is will cost Telkom US $100 Million. Telkom is laying the groundwork towards their long-term goal to become the technology partner of choice to its customers in Kenya and the region. Digital transformation is particularly important within the telecommunications sector, creating an increased demand for broadband, connectivity, and digital platforms, by the individual consumer, corporates, and the public sector.
Telkom Kenya’s CEO, Mr. Mugo Kibati says, “This is a very exciting milestone for Telkom. We firmly believe that Mobile Data is a fundamental human right and it has now emerged as a daily necessity. We remain committed to better position our infrastructure asset base and services to drive digital transformation within our various Customer segments thus providing them with more value, as well as bridge the digital divide through the expansion of our Mobile Data Network.”
Today’s customer is also demanding more competitive and comprehensive products that address their different and ever-changing needs: browsing, downloading, streaming, mobile money transactions, reading the news online, and updating their apps; actions that are now very important to everyday life.
Mr. Kibati adds, “We remain cognisant of the integral role our Mobile Data network plays in keeping our customers connected. We are on course with our long-term terrestrial network expansion plan which will see us scale up to 80% of our network to 4G, increase our network footprint across the country, and get more Kenyans online.”